Walk Through The Web Wednesdy 9/13

siamese cat on a leash walking through a garden

Hello Friends, Feathered, Furry and Otherwise,
Alberto here, bringing you my favorite feline finds from my deep purrrusual of the web. I must say, life has been very hard for the Tribe of Five lately. All summer, people (the female human refers to them as “relatives”) have been marching in and out of our house, causing our humans to be less than their normal attentive selves and closing the door to OUR bedroom and refusing us access. This constant parade of strange humans must cease and if it doesn’t soon, the Tribe will have to take drastic measures (don’t ask, it won’t be pretty). At least my purrrrsonal assistant made time to get my Wednesday wanderings post done but I am not happy. There is much that the Tribe of Five want to opine about.

‘Hope  you are all having a lovely week. Until next time,
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

 El Gato Tiny House Designed with Felines in Mind – New Atlas

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El Gato’s cat tree should keep feline friends entertained(Credit: Alpine Tiny Homes)

The female human loves to watch the big square with moving pictures and one of her favorite things is a show about tiny houses. Now as we are a Feline Tribe of Five and happily accustomed to quite a bit of space, we’ve told her, “Don’t even think about it” but I must say, this little abode, created with felines in mind is on awesome space. Although they call it “El Gato” they could have called it “El Perro” because there is a pet door that leads to a kennel and a dog washing station. My favorite part is the rooftop deck where a cat can catch a few rays and the built in cat tree. Way to go  humans!

 

 

Brutus the tabby lounges in a shopping cartBrutus the Famous Supermarket Cat Honored with in-Store Bronze Statue – Bored Panda

Those of you who follow my Wednesday wanderings know how much I love a good story about working cats and, my love and admiration for the good humans “across the pond” who have such love for “moggies”.  This story hits both passions and showcases a working cat who made quite an impression.

Brutus, the tabby would walk from his home to the local supermarket in Wales every day, charming customers and snoopervising the quality of the meat and fish section. With a Facebook following of over 12,000 folks he was quiet a social media phenom. Sadly, he passed away earlier this year, but his fans raised 4,000 pounds (or over $5,000.00 us) and had an 18″ bronze statue of Brutus made so that all those who met and loved him can remember him. RIP Brutus, you left paw prints on the hearts of many folks.

various cats in the Hemmingway House courtyardThe Hemmingway Cats Are Safe and Sound in Key West – TMZ

There are ongoing stories about felines and the latest weather disasters. I found this one interesting because the female human has visited the Hemmingway Cats.  These cats reside at what is the former home of the writer, Ernest Hemmingway. The cats there are all polydactyl (six-toed). How did these unusual felines get there? The story is that Ernest Hemingway was given a white six-toed cat by a ship’s captain and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat, named Snow White.

Many feline lovers were worried about the Hemmingway House cats when Irma came blowing through. Well, I’m happy to tell you they are all safe and sound and, the good folks that care for the felines planned ahead, laying in a supply of 300 pounds of cat food before the storm, enough to feed all 55 kitties for the next four weeks (they normally eat 80 lbs of food per week). Two paws up for the forward thinking humans!

Bengal cat standing on a rock out in the waterSuki the Cat-The Adventures of a Beautiful Cat Across Wild Canada-UFunk

I have been seeing photos of this stunning cat all over social media but never read anything about this feline’s story. I was happy to see more photos of this stunning Bengal.  Suki is an adventure cat and as a Bengal, she is elegant and graceful with all the beauty of a wild but the temperament and sweetness of a domestic feline. Bengals were created by breeding Asian leopard cats with domestic cats.  And even though Suki liked to live on the edge, she also enjoys eating treats, cuddling, and chilling at home.

 

gray feline Hodge at his bookstoreChicago’s top bookstore cat, Hodge, is out of a job – Chicago Tribune

It’s not only humans who have to be concerned about their job becoming redundant. Hodge has been working at the South Loop used bookstore for 10 years but sadly, was laid off on June 30th of this year because the book store closed it’s doors due to declining business. Hodge has had two books written about him and the store was selected as the city’s “best bookstore with a cat”.

But don’t worry about Hodge, his retirement is quite cushy. He is now living with the bookstore owner who rescued him 10  years ago and is joined by his feline co-worker Ma’at. Every working cat deserves a nice retirement like this. Click here to see a video of Hodge in his element at the bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walk Through the Web Wednesday 9/6

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Hey All,
All here checking in with my usual Wednesday wander through the web looking for all things feline. Last week I took a slightly different approach and highlighted stories about felines and other pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. As I have my purrrrsonal assistant type this for me, I’ve learned that there is another hurricane forming and we here, in the Inland Northwest are suffering from fires raging all around us. To all my friends, furry, feathered and otherwise The Tribe of Five and our humans want you to know we are sending prayers to you all.

Your Friend,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

girl hugs brown and white puppy rescued during Hurricane HarveyWhat’s Next For the Lost & Rescued Animals of Hurricane Harvey? – Mother Nature Network

Many folks have been concerned not only about the rescue of animals affected by Harvey but are also concerned by stories of animals being flown out of the Houston area to shelters around the country.  I must admit, The Tribe of Five has been concerned that animals are being whisked away from their homes without an attempt to find their humans but this article explains that this is not happening. In fact, shelter animals are being moved to no-kill shelters across the country so that there is room for the rescued pets to stay while the humans attempt to reunite them with their families.

Evidently the good folks in the Houston area already had a plan in place and, as the article notes, “Some people wrongfully assume that the dogs and cats being taken out of storm-impacted areas could be unclaimed family pets. But rescue groups and shelters are moving out animals that were already in their care before the storm in order to make room for pets that were displaced by Harvey. The pets that are being moved were strays or owner surrenders that were already waiting to be adopted.”

Two paws up for all the good folks who are helping animals reunite with their families!

Kitten Sneaks In Through Open Window, Decides To Adopt The Man Who Lives There -I Heart Cats

tabby kitten sitting in a white chair And while we’re on the subject of pet adoption, I give this little kitten kudos for taking adoption into his own paws. When this human came home he found an itty bitty kitty sitting in his favorite chair and, after he surveyed the neighborhood to see if the little guy belonged to anyone, finally decided to adopt him. Homeless Felines unite…be sure and check for open windows to get yourselves adopted!

 

 

 

 

Tuxedo cat with british postal worker hatThe Postal Museum is looking for cat mascots – Time Out London

The British are always on the cutting edge when it comes to felines and evidently their post office is just as feline forward thinking. The Post Office museum is going to select a feline as their mascot and I must say the entries are stunning. If I thought we could get the humans to move with us to England, I’d throw my hat in the ring as well.

 

 

Gray tabby cuddling with black and white kittenPosey Went For A Walk and  Brought Her Humans Something Special – LikeMag

Posey was a stray kitty who one day wandered into the hearts and home of her humans when she was barely out of kittenhood herself. She arrived with her three kittens and her humans took them all in, cared for them and loved them and then found furever homes for Posey’s kittens. That was four years ago and recently Posey wandered off for a while. Just when her humans were beginning to worry about her, she returned home, with a little gift in tow. I guess Posey was getting lonely.

Palmerston the black and white tuxedo cat in the British foreign officePalmerston the cat outshines rival Downing Street mouser Larry – UPI News

I’ve reported about the British political felines and introduced Palmerston in a previous blog post . There was some initial hissing and fuzzy tail incidents between Palmerston and the other purrlitical felines at 10 Downing Street but it appears all has settled down. And, Palmerston has proven himself to be Lord of the Mousers, surpassing the British government’s longtime mouse-hunting cat Larry’s position as   Chief mouser. A recent document released under Freedom of Information laws stated Palmerston killed at least 27 mice since coming to the office last year.

The Tribe of Five had a brief mouse encounter in our house this summer when several hapless field mice made their way into our storage room. Oliver and I made short work of them while the female human chased us around and tried to save the mice. Really human, mouse hunting is what cat’s do. Sadly, we did not come anywhere close to Palmerston’s mouse count.